About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

If you read a story and you feel moved in any way, comment. Comments are more than welcome.

Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

Feel free to email me if you have a story or cause you would like shared, especially if it pertains to animal rights, liberation, veganism, animal welfare, health and well-being, geekery, Macs and computer dorkiness, music, lowbrow art, kitchy stuff, skateboards, the beach, swimming, diving, NYC, beading (it's my hobby), recipes (love to cook, especially if I made the recipe up myself!), VEGAN!, ALF, Sea Shepherd, Action for Animals, NIO, 269Life and/or anything you think I might enjoy or others might—you never know. It doesn't always have to be serious. Hilarious stories, local NY, funny videos or photos, photobombs (especially if they contain pets!)...I might be partially censored, but I'm not closed down!

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For the Oceans,
Suzanne

Monday, September 26, 2011

Proposed Seal Cull In St. Lawrence Gulf Draws Fire From Top Scientists And Conservation Group



Proposed Seal Cull In St. Lawrence Gulf Draws Fire From Top Scientists And Conservation Group
First Posted: 9/25/11 12:33 PM ET Updated: 9/26/11 03:21 PM ET



HALIFAX - Two of Canada's leading marine biologists and a conservation group say a five-year proposal to slaughter 140,000 grey seals in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence is being driven by politics, not science.
"I don't support it," said Hal Whitehead, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax who specializes in the study of whales. "From what I've seen of the rationale, it doesn't make much sense to me."
Earlier this month, a federal advisory panel urged Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield to approve the cull, which would result in the killing of 70 per cent of the grey seals that feed in an area that stretches from Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula to the east side of Cape Breton.
The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, made up of scientists and fishing industry representatives appointed by the minister, said the proposed cull is an experiment that will test indirect scientific evidence suggesting grey seals are impeding the recovery of cod stocks.
Whitehead said the council's description of the project as an experiment is laughable.
"There's no control group," he said in an interview, referring to the unaltered group in a scientific experiment that allows for comparison of results.
"In this case, there's just one lot and you're killing a large part of them. If the cod population goes up, it doesn't necessarily mean the seals were to blame. ... Disentangling relationships in the ocean is really tough."
The professor also said that even though other predators eat cod, including some species of whales, the federal government seems intent on taking aim at seals to appease the fishing industry.
"In this part of the world ... a substantial part of the population really dislikes seals," Whitehead said.
"Before humans started industrial fishing, there were large populations of seals and of cod. Clearly, they can coexist perfectly well. ... It appears to me that politicians are playing into this largely irrational hatred of seals to make it look like they're doing something."
Federal scientists say the southern Gulf cod population is at the lowest recorded level and is declining even though large-scale commercial cod fishing has been suspended since 1993.
Boris Worm, a Dalhousie biology professor who studies marine biodiversity, said former fisheries minister Gail Shea had said a cull was a good idea in 2009, and federal scientists have since been pushed to justify that decision.
"It was something that was announced before the science was heard, and then a meeting was convened to produce the science to support that decision," he said, referring to a series of scientific workshops held last fall.
"To me, as a scientist, that's not acceptable."
A call to Ashfield's office in Ottawa was not returned.
Wayne Stobo, a retired researcher with the federal Fisheries Department, said his extensive fieldwork with grey seals has led him to the conclusion that the proposed cull is worth a try.
While he doesn't disagree with the professors' arguments, he insisted that experiments don't need control groups to be valid.
"The nature of an experiment is that you try something and see what the result is," he said, adding that scientists didn't need a control group to conclude that the collapse of the cod stocks in the early 1990s was largely due to overfishing.
"There's a little bit of scientific game playing here. ... For them to turn around and say it's not an experiment is a bit disingenuous."
Stobo spent about 13 years tracking the grey seal population on Sable Island, where he found the herd was growing rapidly at 12 per cent per year.
The Fisheries Department says there are now up to 410,000 grey seals living off the Atlantic coast — a 30-fold increase since the 1960s. A majority of them live part time on the island, a spit of land about 160 kilometres southeast of Nova Scotia.
"They're going to be eating more cod when the population is 30 times higher than before," said Stobo. "That's simple math. Nobody has to be a scientist to figure that one out."
Debbie MacKenzie, chairwoman of the Halifax-based Grey Seal Conservation Society, said the notion that a growing population of grey seals is eating too many cod is too simplistic.
She said the council's approach ignores the fact that the seals are part of a complex ecosystem — and that removing them could have unexpected consequences.
While grey seals do eat a considerable amount of fish, MacKenzie said, they also expel enough nitrogen to encourage the growth of algae, a key source of food for the most basic life forms in the ocean, including plankton.
"The assumption is that there will be absolutely no harm from their experiment. ... But what you can hurt is what's dependent on the grey seals," she said. "This is an experiment in manipulating decision makers by using only part of the information available. ... It's obscene."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Whoa... I'm Under Construction.

I decided to ditch the 2004 layout used for this blog. The problem was that each new template seriously screwed up my blog entries, widgets and the full width Gadgets along the bottom of the pages.

Please be patient while I reformat and edit blog entries that were created for a black background.
I'm open to suggestions on full size, high resolution imagery for the background. The "open road" isn't really working hand in hand with my blog.

I will still post, especially when it's something I feel must be reposted and shared as far and wide as possible.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

CALL TO ACTION: Student arrested for challenging primate experimentation! | Negotiation Is Over!

If you are on Facebook, PLEASE click HERE and click ATTEND, show your support and solidarity with Morgan. This is a Call to Action! Morgan Jamie Dunbar is a woman who stood up for animal rights and against the atrocities of animal experimentation at her college. Please show your support and at the same time, let the world know we will not sit back and let the vivisectors recruit students for their dirty work.


“I witnessed severed digits, infected appendages, cannibalism and blood smeared cage walls on a daily basis,” Dunbar said. “I observed students becoming hardened and desensitized to the suffering of the animals as the project progressed.”

CALL TO ACTION! Phone/email campaign in response to the arrest of Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) student activist for asking a difficult question about animal experimentation.

Background: On Friday, September 9th Canisius College’s Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR) hosted what was promoted as a "symposium" event on animal experimentation, entitled “The Use of Primates in Biomedical Research: A Personal Perspective.” The so called “symposium” featured only one perspective, that of the Dr. James Ha, primate researcher and head of the primate breeding program at the University of Washington (UW) National Primate Research Center (NPRC). The event took place at Canisius’ Montante Cultural Center and was “open to the public.”

On August 9th, one month prior to the September 9th event, animal advocate and Canisius student Morgan Dunbar, contacted ISHAR Director Dr. Noonan to voice her concern that only one-side of the extremely controversial primate experimentation debate was to be featured at the “symposium.” Dunbar repeatedly requested that an expert proponent of humane non-animal research methods be invited to share the stage and present the other side at the “symposium.” Dunbar’s requests were ignored by Dr. Noonan. Instead, Dunbar was encouraged to attend the “symposium” and participate in the Q&A session that followed Dr. Ha’s presentation. Dr. Noonan ensured Dunbar that the symposium would "welcome all points of view."

Dr. Ha’s presentation glorified animal experimentation and did not address the harsh realities of primate vivisection. At several points throughout the presentation Dr. Ha referred to animal rights advocates as domestic terrorists, wild, crazy and violent. Dunbar attended the “symposium,” and stayed for the Q&A session, but did not attempt to present a "point of view.” Instead, Dunbar asked a two part question regarding federal Animal Welfare Act violations incurred by UW. Dr. Ha addressed the first part of Dunbar’s question, concerning 40 illegal primate surgeries, but Dr. Noonan, acting as “moderator,” refused to allow Dr. Ha to answer the second portion of her two part question, wherein she asked about the starvation death of a 3.5 year old stump-tailed macaque. Dr. Ha appeared ready and willing to address the starvation question, but Dr. Noonan continually interrupted the dialogue. Dunbar restated her question, requesting that Dr. Noonan stop interrupting and allow Dr. Ha to answer. Dr. Noonan then signaled to event staff, at which point Dunbar’s microphone was cut off and she was forcibly removed from the main room in Montante by two uniformed campus police officers. Dunbar was then moved into the foyer area of the building where she was slammed against a wall and handcuffed. Dunbar was then advised that she was under arrest for criminal trespass and placed into the back of a campus police patrol car.

After learning that Dunbar was a student of the college and had indeed been encouraged to attend (in writing), campus police decided to release her into the custody of her mother-- but not before public safety requested that Dunbar’s mother sign paperwork agreeing not to sue. Dunbar’s mother did not sign the papers, but the college still released Morgan.

Dozens of eyewitness statements corroborate the fact that Dunbar remained calm, even toned and respectful throughout the Q&A session. Dunbar received several contusions to her arms and legs, a sprained wrist and shoulder injury after attending the college sponsored “symposium.”

Dunbar states, “The conditions that allow for social injustice have always emerged as a result of society's failure to recognize the rights of individuals or groups. When denial of such rights is tolerated or indeed encouraged, it is bound to fortify the bases for further repression and injustice. That is why we, as a community, must speak out in solidarity against the repression and severe violation of First Amendment Rights that occurred on September 9th.”

Dr. Noonan, is also the Director of Canisius’ Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) Bachelors program and Director of Canisius’ brand new Anthrozoology Masters program. Dunbar is not so far removed from the ABEC program. Dunbar transferred to Canisius from another local college where she studied veterinary technology. Upon learning that she would have to participate in live animal labs, she decided to transfer from the vet tech college and started looking into Canisius College’s ABEC program. "I became aware of the ABEC program, which, on paper, sounded like a dream come true," she said. But her excitement about the transfer was short-lived. In one of her first courses with Dr. Noonan, Social Organization of Mammals, she again found herself facing animal research. As part of the course, students were required to collect data on the behaviors of a captive rat community.

"I witnessed severed digits, infected appendages, cannibalism and blood smeared cage walls on a daily basis," Dunbar said. "I observed students becoming hardened and desensitized to the suffering of the animals as the project progressed." At that point she dropped the ABEC program and began to pursue a degree in philosophy at Canisius.

Dunbar describes Dr. Noonan as a “clever and extremely manipulative individual.” She says “He has a knack for transforming well intentioned ‘animal lovers’ into animal research sympathizers.” Impassioned individuals with high hopes of making a difference for animals flock to Dr. Noonan’s ABEC and Anthrozoology programs from across the country. Once enrolled in his programs, Noonan’s desensitizing animal research projects play a major role in the indoctrination of students to accept the dubious proposition that there is scientific value in the torture and exploitation of non-human animals.

Please read and share the following published articles about Dunbar's arrest:

“Student activist removed forcefully from ISHAR lecture” – The Griffin Newspaper
http://www.thegriffincanisius.com/news/student-activist-removed-forcefully-from-ishar-lecture-1.2594887#.TnOJk2GjkdW

“Too much monkey business”- Artvoice Weekly
http://artvoice.com/issues/v10n37/week_in_review/monkey_business

“Canisius College: Where followers are made?”- Editorial by Morgan Dunbar
http://www.thegriffincanisius.com/opinion/canisius-college-where-followers-are-made-1.2594193#.TnOJW2GjkdV


ACADEMIC REPRESSION MUST NOT BE TOLERATED!!

Let your voice be heard! Please call and/or email the following Canisius College administrators:

Dr. Terri Mangione- Dean of Students
(716) 888-2130
mangiont@canisius.edu

John J. Hurley- President
(716) 888-2100
hurleyj@canisius.edu

Erica Sammarco- Assistant to the President
(716) 888-8203
sammarce@canisius.edu

Dr. Michael Noonan- ABEC Director/ISHAR Director
(716) 888-2772
noonan@canisius.edu

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO END ACTIVIST REPRESSION!




Monday at 12:00am - September 23 at 11:30pm




CALL TO ACTION: Student arrested for challenging primate experimentation! | Negotiation Is Over!


CALL TO ACTION: Student arrested for challenging primate experimentation!

Urgent phone/email campaign in response to arrest of student for asking a difficult question about animal experimentation.

Morgan Jamie Dunbar
by Matt Findley
Background: On Friday, September 9th Canisius College’s Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR) hosted what was promoted as a “symposium” event on animal experimentation, entitled “The Use of Primates in Biomedical Research: A Personal Perspective.” The so called “symposium” featured only one perspective, that of the Dr. James Ha, primate researcher and head of the primate breeding program at the University of Washington (UW) National Primate Research Center (NPRC). The event took place at Canisius’ Montante Cultural Center and was “open to the public.”
On August 9th, one month prior to the September 9th event, animal advocate and Canisius student Morgan Dunbar, contacted ISHAR Director Dr. Noonan to voice her concern that only one-side of the extremely controversial primate experimentation debate was to be featured at the “symposium.” Dunbar repeatedly requested that an expert proponent of humane non-animal research methods be invited to share the stage and present the other side at the “symposium.” Dunbar’s requests were ignored by Dr. Noonan. Instead, Dunbar was encouraged to attend the “symposium” and participate in the Q&A session that followed Dr. Ha’s presentation. Dr. Noonan ensured Dunbar that the symposium would “welcome all points of view.”
Dr. Ha’s presentation glorified animal experimentation and did not address the harsh reality primate vivisection. At several points throughout the presentation Dr. Ha referred to animal rights advocates as domestic terrorists, wild, crazy and violent. Dunbar attended the “symposium,” and stayed for the Q&A session, but did not attempt to present a “point of view.” Instead, Dunbar asked a two part question regarding federal Animal Welfare Act violations incurred by UW. Dr. Ha addressed the first part of Dunbar’s question, concerning 40 illegal primate surgeries, but Dr. Noonan, acting as “moderator,” refused to allow Dr. Ha to answer the second portion of her two part question, wherein she asked about the starvation death of a 3.5 year old stump-tailed macaque. Dr. Ha appeared ready and willing to address the starvation question, but Dr. Noonan continually interrupted the dialogue. Dunbar restated her question, requesting that Dr. Noonan stop interrupting and allow Dr. Ha to answer. Dr. Noonan then signaled to event staff, at which point Dunbar’s microphone was cut off and she was forcibly removed from the main room in Montante by two uniformed campus police officers. Dunbar was then moved into the foyer area of the building where she was slammed against a wall and handcuffed. Dunbar was then advised that she was under arrest for criminal trespass and placed into the back of a campus police patrol car.
After learning that Dunbar was a student of the college and had indeed been encouraged to attend (in writing), campus police decided to release her into the custody of her mother– but not before public safety requested that Dunbar’s mother sign paperwork agreeing not to sue. Dunbar’s mother did not sign the papers, but the college still released Morgan.
Dozens of eyewitness statements corroborate the fact that Dunbar remained calm, even toned and respectful throughout the Q& A session. Dunbar received several contusions to her arms and legs, a sprained wrist and shoulder injury after attending the college sponsored “symposium.”
Dunbar states, “The conditions that allow for social injustice have always emerged as a result of society’s failure to recognize the rights of individuals or groups. When denial of such rights is tolerated or indeed encouraged, it is bound to fortify the bases for further repression and injustice. That is why we, as a community, must speak out in solidarity against the repression and severe violation of First Amendment Rights that occurred on September 9th.”
Dr. Noonan, is also the Director of Canisius’ Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) Bachelors program and Director of Canisius’ brand new Anthrozoology Masters program.
Dunbar is not so far removed from the ABEC program. Dunbar transferred to Canisius from another local college where she studied veterinary technology. Upon learning that she would have to participate in live animal labs, she decided to transfer from the vet tech college and started looking into Canisius College’s ABEC program. “I became aware of the ABEC program, which, on paper, sounded like a dream come true,” she said. But her excitement about the transfer was short-lived. In one of her first courses with Dr. Noonan, Social Organization of Mammals, she again found herself facing animal research. As part of the course, students were required to collect data on the behaviors of a captive rat community.
“I witnessed severed digits, infected appendages, cannibalism and blood smeared cage walls on a daily basis,” Dunbar said. “I observed students becoming hardened and desensitized to the suffering of the animals as the project progressed.”
At that point she dropped the ABEC program and began to pursue a degree in philosophy at Canisius.
Dunbar describes Dr. Noonan as a “clever and extremely manipulative individual.” She says “He has a knack for transforming well intentioned ‘animal lovers’ into animal research sympathizers.” Impassioned individuals with high hopes of making a difference for animals flock to Dr. Noonan’s ABEC and Anthrozoology programs from across the country. Once enrolled in his programs, Noonan’s desensitizing animal research projects play a major role in the indoctrination of students to accept the dubious proposition that there is scientific value in the torture and exploitation of non-human animals.
Please read and share (published articles about student arrest)
Too much monkey business- Artvoice Weekly
Canisius College: Where followers are made?- Editorial by Morgan Dunbar
Academic repression must not be tolerated! Let your voice be heard!
Please call and/or email the following Canisius College administrators
Dr. Terri Mangione- Dean of Students
(716) 888-2130
mangiont@canisius.edu
John J. Hurley- President
(716) 888-2100
hurleyj@canisius.edu
Erica Sammarco- Assistant to the President
(716) 888-8203
sammarce@canisius.edu
Dr. Michael Noonan- ABEC Director/ISHAR Director
(716) 888-2772
noonan@canisius.edu
Follow the campaigns against student vivisectors (WOS) & animal experimentation at the University of Florida & HERE.
To submit an article for publication, send a note to camille@negotiationisover.com.
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Friday, September 16, 2011

From the blog of

September 15, 2011

7-Eleven Expands Vegan Options

7eleven1.jpgAfter a successful trial offer of instant vegan meals at several stores in New York City, 7-Eleven has just permanently added four Asian-themed vegan meals at nearly one hundred of its stores in the northeastern U.S. This is great news for compassionate, but hurried, on-the-go eaters! Now it's easier than ever to choose kindness over cruelty at every meal.

New Items Include:

  • Vegan Linguine Tikka Massala
  • Vegan Pad Thai Noodles
  • Vegan Asian Linguine
  • Vegan Spinach Noodles with Vegetables

Participating locations have been posted at HSUS' farm animal protection campaign page on Facebook.

Adopting a vegan diet is not only the best choice for the environment and human health, but also for the animals. Cruelty runs rampant on modern day farms, where animals are crammed in spaces so tight, they're unable to move around freely and are denied anything that comes naturally to them. Many of these animals are mutilated without painkillers, abused by workers, and ultimately suffer violent deaths.

For delicious vegan recipes and instructional videos, please visit ChooseVeg.com.

Visit VegGuide.org for a listing of veg-friendly establishments around the globe.


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